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Wilgore

USA

Jul 14th, 2016 08:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looking to make a deal but this picture is bad. Can anybody tell me if it's a legit fender?

Something about it looks odd to me.

What series is it?

MIM Tele

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Jul 14th, 2016 09:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks like maybe a 90's MIM - the serial, if it can be posted would be a big help. Looks like a refin of some sort....sorry can't be of more assistance....maybe some others will chime in.

Wilgore

USA

Jul 14th, 2016 09:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It does look a little older. I can't find anything on the net that looks similar to this one.

I might take a look at it tomorrow.

Yet.

mirrorboy

Yorkshire, England

Jul 15th, 2016 05:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

MIM Standard Telecaster only have Maple fingerboards.

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California Escapee

Don't look at me with that tone of voice
Jul 15th, 2016 09:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

IMO, NOT a real Fender guitar.

steve_crocker

North Wales

over the hills and far away
Jul 15th, 2016 09:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

doesn't look right to me either

Wilgore

USA

Jul 15th, 2016 02:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So I traded some stuff for the guitar. Still can't tell if the neck is a real deal- but I think the body is definitely a Squire or something different. Neck says Deluxe Series?

I'll take it apart tonight. Either way I love how it plays and sounds.

I might be making a parts-caster with whatever comes around.

Any info about this guitar's origins would be appreciated.

MIM Telecaster

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Jul 15th, 2016 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The neck appears to be a real-deal a MIM Fender neck, but the body is probably not a Fender product.

The indicator is the radius where the body meets the neck on the low E string side of the neck pocket: there's an awful lot of extra 'ramp' there toward the neck.

All Fender Tele bodies have a small radius there with very little straight-line ramp to the side of the neck.

This is typical Fender sculpting.

Wilgore

USA

Jul 15th, 2016 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh I see it now. I was coming to the conclusion the body was one of these guys:

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(This message was last edited by Wilgore at 05:43 PM, Jul 15th, 2016)

Wilgore

USA

Jul 15th, 2016 03:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It sounds great! I'm super excited to have a few new projects this summer.

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Jul 15th, 2016 04:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm no expert, but based on Peegoo's statement re: the sculpting, I'd say you're probably right about it being an Affinity body.

At the end of the day, if you really like the way it plays and sounds *and* you did't pay a genuine Fender price for it... SCORE!!!

Have fun with it. It does look nice IMO.

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Jul 15th, 2016 06:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, the neck plate is also a clue :o)


If it plays and sounds great, and you're happy with the deal, that is ALL that matters.

Now go get some rock and roll stink on that git-tar!

steve_crocker

North Wales

over the hills and far away
Jul 16th, 2016 05:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

the bridge and body do resemble affinity. Affinity bodies are thinner than standard (40mm rather than 45mm for MIM)so thats a good clue.
I have an affinity body in relic partcaster and its a guitar i also really love along side my US & MIM teles. As said if it feels and plays good and the price is right its good deal.

enjoy

Affinity bodied partscaster

(This message was last edited by steve_crocker at 09:06 AM, Jul 16th, 2016)

lonesomebill

USA/Southwest

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Jul 16th, 2016 01:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am pretty sure the neck is from a Nashville Tele -- had a few of those myself. Body is not string-through and my guess is also that it is an Affinity.

Wilgore

USA

Jul 17th, 2016 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Steve C: That guitar is beautiful! It looks like you went the whole 9 yards with mods. I think I want a vintage style bridge- I don't think I'll convert mine into a string through though. It looks like I'm gonna have to drill some new holes for a vintage bridge.

Lonesomebill: I think you're right- I've been looking around and the MIM Nashville necks look identical to this one.

I really like it because it feels and looks like my 60s reissue but has a nicer radius (9.5?) AND the truss rod access is by the nut.
Not sure it will stay on this body- I might look for something loaded.. not sure yet.

I love project guitars.

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Jul 17th, 2016 10:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Agreed. They are a blast to fiddle with and dial in to perfection without worrying about the value of a $3K instrument.

steve_crocker

North Wales

over the hills and far away
Jul 18th, 2016 03:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi Wilgore, hey thanks, it just kind of developed from accumulated bits. I didn't bother drilling for string through and used the wilkinson bridge as toploaded (they come pre drilled for either which is handy). Yes you do need to re drill for the vintage bridge mounting though . The old holes will just show so will need filling. The stock affinity bridge is fairly cheap looking and definitely worth upgrading whether that's to vintage or modern spec. It's nice to have one in the collection and it does have its own feel and character against the string through US teles etc...

(This message was last edited by steve_crocker at 05:41 AM, Jul 18th, 2016)

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Jul 18th, 2016 09:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Re: filling the holes from the old bridge...

If you're not going to refin the body, and dowel fills bug you, a cool thing you can do is cover the holes with an inlay.

As an example, I've doweled holes like this, and then used a little Forstner bit to make shallow flat-bottomed holes. In the holes I placed abalone dots made for fretboard markers.

A similar thing was done on Frank Zappa's "Gibson" SG (that was actually a copy of an SG make by a guy in Phoenix): it has little wood flame inlays behind the stop tailpiece studs

Looky

Wilgore

USA

Jul 19th, 2016 08:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Peegoo: That actually looks pretty cool. I'm not sure what I'll do with this body. I think I might want to look for something else. Not sure what.

Something loaded, or already pre-drilled for a vintage bridge- or maybe something that'll take a humbucker in the neck position. Not sure but I'm looking. I just really like this neck.

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